In 1893, Pacific Picture Frame was founded in Seattle, Washington. Within the next century, that small West Coast frame manufacturer would become Larson-Juhl, the world’s leader in framing products, manufacturing and distributing.
The same year Pacific Picture Frame was founded, inventor Columbus A. Wayland from Middlesborough, Kentucky, patented the first picture frame clamp. With the invention of the clamp, coupled with the first mat cutting machines in 1894, the manufacturing of frames became quicker, more efficient and precise. Over the next half century, many new inventions were introduced making custom framing a real business opportunity for entrepreneurs.
By 1957 when Roger Larson founded Larson Picture Frame, a frame manufacturing business in Braham, Minnesota, and Tom Juhl opened Juhl, Inc. a Minneapolis, Minnesota frame shop, framing was expanding tremendously. Larson and Juhl both recognized the industry potential.
In 1968, Juhl merged with Pacific Picture Frame to form Juhl-Pacific U.S.A. By 1971, Juhl-Pacific’s distribution territory stretched throughout the West and Midwest.
In the early 1980s, Larson Picture Frame also recognized the need for fast, efficient distribution with a strong emphasis on customer service. Under the leadership of President, Craig Ponzio, the company combined the strengths of Titan in Denver and Palatine in Chicago with its Ashland operation to enhance much-needed distribution of materials. Larson later opened additional distribution centers to serve customers locally in Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
With similar ideologies and complementary product lines serving framers across the nation, Larson and Juhl were a perfect match. The two companies merged in 1988 to form Larson-Juhl and soon expanded internationally. Today, the company operates 67 facilities in 17 countries around the world.
In February 2002, the sale of Larson-Juhl to Berkshire Hathaway was completed. The current management team continues to lead the company with the same values that have made Larson-Juhl the premier manufacturer and distributor of fine custom picture frame moulding.
Larson-Juhl offers over 7,000 products including the Craig Ponzio Signature Collection of moulding, the Larson-Juhl Classic Collection and a wide range of metal mouldings, matboards, glass, framing supplies and equipment.
In September of 2006, Larson-Juhl introduced a new product line of high quality customized art reproductions, called Artaissance. This exciting venture allows customers to browse an extensive online gallery of over 150 artists and more than 3,500 images! At Artaissance, customers can shop from the comfort of their own home and custom-size their art to fit their space, as well as choose whether they want their image reproduced on high-quality paper or on canvas.